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Intensive care unit Covid crisis forces transplants to be canceled while government considers adding third vaccination to vaccine certificate – archyde

An organ transplant at the Mater Hospital in Dublin had to be canceled due to a lack of intensive care beds caused by the Covid-19 surge.

Our sources said the organs became available and were rushed to Mater Hospital by ambulance on November 12th. The transplant patient was put on standby and the procedure was to resume later in the day.

But the hospital’s intensive care unit beds were full and, despite a frantic review of other hospitals in the capital, no intensive care unit beds were available and the operation had to be canceled.

It is assumed that half of the Mater’s intensive care beds were occupied by Covid 19 patients on that day.

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Last night the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) reported 5,959 Covid-19 cases, of which 640 Covid-19 patients were treated in hospital yesterday, 121 of them in the intensive care unit.

The case shows the tragic and far-reaching impact of Covid-19 on patients and the healthcare system as hospitals prepare for a surge in virus professionals, fears the healthcare sector is at greater risk than ever before during the pandemic.

An estimated 60 percent of the intensive care beds in the entire hospital system are occupied by patients who are seriously ill with the virus.

The Mater said the cancellation of the organ transplant procedure was “unprecedented” and extended her “deep regrets” to the transplant patient.

“At this point in time, there were severe capacity bottlenecks in Mater’s intensive care unit. Fifty percent of those who were being cared for in the Mater intensive care unit at the time were seriously ill Covid-positive patients, “it said in a statement.

“Every effort has been made to secure a bed both within the hospital and within the wider Dublin hospital system. The decision was not taken lightly and the Mater deeply regrets the impact this has had on the transplant patient, his family and the family of the donor. “

The HSE said it will be investigating the incident “to see if any national intelligence emerges from it.”

Hospitals have been told to expect a wave of Covid-19, which will peak in the coming weeks, but which could be sustained at this level through the end of January.

Tony Canavan, the executive director of the Saolta hospital group, said that Sunday independent as the modeling suggests for its region cases that will peak at around 100, but the modeling “also tells us that this level of Covid-19 activity will be maintained in our hospitals throughout the month of December and January”.

“One of the real concerns is that we will find ourselves in a situation where we do not have enough staff to take care of them. Especially in the intensive care units, ”he said. “I would be concerned that we can do this and keep it going for the next 10 weeks.”

Catherine Motherway, an intensive care nurse at Limerick University Hospital, said if the virus continues on its current path, the lack of intensive care beds could force doctors to choose between patients.

“We can’t put 500 people in an intensive care unit if we don’t have 500 beds in the intensive care unit,” she said. “People need to understand that neither I nor any of my colleagues want to be able to choose between a 40-year-old and a 50-year-old and decide which of them will get a bed.”

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has warned that the next 14 days will be crucial for Ireland to control the surge in Covid-19 cases that has threatened the holiday season.

He said the government was considering further control measures, but refused to take advantage of issues such as curfews, travel restrictions or possible restrictions on socializing over Christmas.

“This is not about a specific time of year (Christmas) – we have to deal with waves when they come and appear,” he said. “If there is a wave in January or February, we have to react in the same way.”

This weekend it was also revealed that the HSE is storing millions of antigen tests as part of its plans for its wider use in response to the pandemic.

More than eight million tests have been ordered through the EU’s joint procurement agreement.

The move follows a government decision last week that antigen tests should be sent to every household with a positive case.

Minister of Health Stephen Donnelly hopes to get a memo to cabinet this week to subsidize the cost of antigen testing. But in an email last Wednesday, Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan said to make antigen testing more affordable, “risks promoting rather than reducing disease transmission”.

A government source claims Dr. Holohan is running an “incredible disability” campaign, but another describes it as a “clinical concern” on the part of the CMO. “But the government wants every tool to be there for the people,” they said. “So it’s sorted.”

the Sunday independent May reveal that the government is considering changes to Covid Passport that would mean people eligible for a booster vaccination will not be considered fully vaccinated until they have received their third vaccination.

A memo to ministers last week said: “The senior officials group will continue to investigate the political and logistical implications of changing the validity of the Covid passport as part of a widespread increaser program. “

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